The Akamai Workforce Initiative, a local program dedicated to advancing Hawai‘i college students into science and technology careers, has announced the latest class of students for its 2016 summer internship program. With lead funding from the Thirty Meter Telescope, the Akamai Internship Program provides community college students and undergraduates with summer projects at observatories and other high tech companies in Hawaii.
TMT scientists and staff will team up again with others from the local astronomy industry in bringing science to Big Island students next week as part of the “Journey Through The Universe” educational initiative.
The TMT International Observatory Board of Governors met last week to discuss the future of TMT on Maunakea. To follow is a statement from Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT International Observatory Board
THINK Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) Scholarship applications are currently being accepted through HCF's common online scholarship application with a February 18, 2016 deadline. Applicants are also considered for other scholarships that they qualify for from the over 200 scholarships HCF has available.
The Hawaii Island New Knowledge (THINK) Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation, established by TMT, continues to support teachers in Hawaii Island schools to boost STEM learning for their students. Since the classroom grants became available in November 2014, over $84,000 has been given for projects reaching 6,594 students at 25 schools island-wide.
On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, the Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated the Conservation District Use Permit issued by the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) to the University of Hawaii - Hilo to build TMT on Maunakea.
From Henry Yang, Chair TMT International Observatory Board of Directors" “We thank the Hawaii Supreme Court for the timely ruling and we respect their decision. TMT will follow the process set forth by the state, as we always have. We are assessing our next steps on the way forward. We appreciate and thank the people of Hawaii and our supporters from these last eight-plus years.”
[From University of Hawaii] - A letter from University of Hawai?i President David Lassner to Department of Land and Natural Resources Chair Suzanne Case confirms that the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project site is the last new area on the mountain where a telescope project will be contemplated or sought.
A small crew of local workers will go to the Thirty Meter Telescope site this month to conduct site preparation activities, starting with equipment maintenance and repairs. An exact date has not been announced.
On the following pages are the results of a statewide scientific public opinion poll conducted in October 2015 by Ward Research, Inc., an independent research firm based in Honolulu, Hawaii.